Ahhh, I just love opening a new book, a new adventure always awaits. Turn a page and you are miles away from home as the author spins a tale and wraps you up in another time. I am a bookworm. I love to read. Although the laundry and cleaning is known to pile up while this thing called reading is going on, haha! Now it is my turn to teach my children a love for reading… not so easy when our oldest struggles with it. As it is I am at a cross road…
I am on the hunt for classic literature for our 2nd and 3rd graders to read. So far I have these classics picked out-
along with many more… Shiloh, The Swiss Family Robinson, Where the sidewalk ends, The Indian in the Cupboard, The Secret Garden, A little Princess, Anne of Green Gables etc. Of course a few of these we will save for next year and the year after, they are more suitable for grades 4-6. What other classics would you recommend?
The lovely thing about the oldest 2 being only 14 months apart, I am able to pull from both grades and teach my students as you would a split class, 2/3 grade. What is putting me at this cross road is that our oldest is (99% sure) dyslexic. We do not know where on the spectrum she is and have only done the online testing, and speaking with the right people but we have not had an ‘official’ diagnosis- that can take up to 2-3 years. Ugh. In the mean time we are heading straight for the solutions and what works. I am debating whether or not I should verbally read aloud the novel to them both, and have them do a book report on the novel being read verbally, or have us slowly trudge through the chapter books, reading a couple chapters a week. Keeping in mind I want to instill a love for reading, not push them from it with bad experiences. They do reading every day, so this would be on top of that.
While I ponder at this for the week (and feel free to share your opinion!) I wanted to share with ya’ll an awesome Book-Report Package I came across. It is too good not to share, There are a few different book report styles to accommodate from Kindergarten through Grade 6. As well as a bonus reading log print out too. Feel free to click on the link above, or click HERE to download your free copies. I already have ours ready to go, if I can choose a book for us to read that is! Too many good ones out there. Enjoy.
Do you have a ‘Bad Kitty’ enthusiast? Click HERE for an awesome free ‘write a story’ template or use it as a tool for book reports- it also includes a bonus ‘how to draw Bad Kitty’ page!
Also I wanted to share a few cute pictures of our twins enjoying one of our free file folder games- Animals… of all sorts game
Of course moments after I was able to capture these precious photos it became a game of who could ‘throw’ the animals the farthest… Ahh- they are now laying all over the kitchen floor, while I enjoy oblivion of it all as I write this blog. My wonderful hobby on a Saturday morning- I believe I am on my second or third Americano. (thank goodness for an amazing Hubby who surprised me with my awesome espresso machine- more on this later) The 2 year olds have gone off to who-knows-where (lets hope the olders remembered to put those markers up, again). Onto the short lived photos!
I hope you all have enjoyed this post, and have a great weekend- Blessings to you all!
Till next time, Amber.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight”
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)